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Chapter 8. Collaborating with Others > Protecting a Document with a Password

Protecting a Document with a Password

Sometimes, you will want only certain people to be able to open a document. To protect a document, you can click Options on the Tools menu and display the Security tab of the Options dialog box. To set a password, enter it in the “Password to open” box and click OK.


To open a protected document, you need to enter the password exactly as it was set, including spaces, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase characters. When you set a password, take a moment to write it down in a safe place. Word doesn’t keep a list of passwords. If you lose or forget the password for a protected document, you will not be able to open it.


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